Volunteers contribute almost 100,000 hours to Alberta's parks system annually. They bring talent, enthusiasm and new ideas that enrich our program and help us achieve our goals. We recognize and appreciate the efforts of every volunteer. However, we present achievement awards each year to celebrate special individuals and organizations who exceed expectations and inspire us all.
There are so many volunteers and volunteer iniaitives throughout the province, we need we need your help. Tell us about the individuals and organizations who go above and beyond volunteering in Alberta's parks system. Nomination submissions are encouraged from anyone. To nominate, please
Both the successful nominees and their nominators will be invited to the awards banquet.
Please read these award descriptions carefully before completing the nomination form.
Stefan Seifert signed up as a volunteer in Bow Valley in the fall of 2005, and following early retirement several years later, substantially increased his contributions to parks.
Stefan’s considerable contributions to the Kananaskis Ecology program make a real difference to the quantity and quality of science done in the Kananaskis Region.
His involvement with the Environmental Education program exemplifies the real difference he is making in promoting a similar stewardship ethic in other Canmore residents and the thousands of visitors to Kananaskis each year.
|2015||Jack & Marion Whitworth, Menno & Margaret Froese, Jim & Peggy Wiebe; Dr. Charles Bird|
|2014||Tom Partello; Linda Lefebvre; Gary Martin|
|2011||Susan & Alasdair Cook; Mike Walters|
|2008||Jamie Grey, June Hills, Gerry Hurley|
|2002||Ron & Ken Valens, Joann Skilnick|
If you need a lesson in angling, cleaning fish, baiting hooks, frog catching, sani-dump procedures, backing-in, registering, fire starting or just about anything, Vern and Rita Young have been your “go-to” help support system at Moonshine Lake Provincial Park, since 2009.
Travelling out to the park nearby from their home in Spirit River each May, each summer the Youngs leave a positive lasting impression on so many new and repeat visitors.
Grande Prairie residents Lawrence and Gladys Whetstone do a fantastic job of welcoming visitors to the Young’s Point Provincial Park, near Valleyview.
They operate the Kids Don’t Float kiosk by the boat launch – a program where lifejackets are lent out to family at no cost, so everyone can return back safe and sound, from their day on the water.
The passion Lawrence and Gladys display as campground hosts is obvious and inspires everyone around them.
For eleven years Jim and Bonnie Elhorn have been at Saskatoon Island Provincial Park, located between Grande Prairie and their home in Beaverlodge.
They reach out to campers, providing information and even reduce stress by helping to squeeze a trailer into a site.
Bonnie and Jim have made a real difference because they have been at the park for so many years.
Answering lots questions and knowing what needs to be done without being asked, makes them a real asset to all at Saskatoon Island.
|2014||Jack & Audrey McKee; Judith & Danny Clarke|
|2013||Doug and Bev Pickell; Allan and Shirley Sept|
|2012||Victor & Frances Grimbly|
|2011||Vern & Bev Poffenroth|
|2010||Len & Jane Den Braber; William, Susan, Michael & Rebecca Walsh|
|2009||Ken & Pat Hatt; Frank & Arol Longhurst; Leonard & Eleanor Rondeau|
|2008||Ralph & Joan Siska|
|2007||Ron Bishop; Jim & Lucienne Salahub|
|2006||Marshal & Pat Melnyk; Jacob & Edna Reimer|
|2005||Fred & Yvonne Holowack; Harry & Annie Wit|
|2004||Tony & Alberta Van Dyk|
|2003||Mike & Jean Kliparchuk; Roy & Edith Middleton; Scotty & Murri Spence|
|2002||Earl & Kathleen Barr; Rose Eichorn|
|2001||Al & Jeanne Bosserts; Carolyn & Ed Weymouth|
|2000||Doug & Joyce Arnold; Nancy & Keith Becker; Roy & Dorothy Jones|
|1999||Ed & Claire Fafard|
|1998||Irene & Doug Dahl|
|2012||Hinton Nordic Skiers & Jeff Burgess and Denis Grenier|
|2004||Friends of Switzer Park Association|
|2013||The Venturers Society - Elkwater|
|2008||Hay-Zama Wildland Park Management Committee|
|2006||William Watson Lodge Society|
|2005||Friends of Saskatoon Island Association|
|2002||Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory, Elkwater Volunteer Fire Department|
|2001||Friends of the Blackfoot Society, Venturers' Society of Calgary|
|2000||Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park Society|
The Kimiwan Lake Naturalists are a not-for-profit society based in their home community of McLennan, and strive to provide education and interpretation, research and habitat enhancement activities. The Society maintains trails and facilities at O’ Mahony Conservation Area located at Winagami Lake Provincial Park.
Volunteers with the group regularly carry out maintenance activities, build infrastructure and conduct nature walks, all in recognition of the legacy and vison John O'Mahony left behind after his untimely death.
|2013||Castle Crown Wilderness Coalition|
|2010||The J. J. Collett Natural Area Foundation|
|2009||Medicine Hat College (Ecotourism and Outdoor Leadership Program)|
|2008||Glory Hills Junior Forest Wardens|
|2007||Beaverhill Bird Observatory|
|2006||Edmonton Mycological Society|
|2005||Fort Saskatchewan Naturalists|
|2004||Alberta Native Plant Council|
|2003||The J. J. Collett Natural Area Foundation|
|2002||Eagles Junior Forest Warden Club|
|2001||Bruderheim Natural Area Society|
|2000||Stony Plain Fish and Game Association|
|1999||Battle Lake Natural Area Preservation Society, Alberta Speleological Society, Sherwood Park Natural Area Volunteer Stewards and Strathcona County|
|1998||Alpine Club of Canada, North Ram Wilderness Society|
|1993||Bruderheim Natural Area Society|
|1990||Sherwood Park Natural Area Volunteer Stewards and Strathcona County, Wagner Natural Area Society|
Back in 1990, while inquiring about some land adjacent to his property, Cecil Knuttila heard about an opportunity to volunteer as part of the Steward Program and act as an extra set of eyes and ears on the land base.
This property was Whitecourt Candidate Natural Area, located just a little south of the Town of Whitecourt.
Cecil was quick to put his name forward to become a Steward and 26 years later, he still visits the site regularly and reports his observations from his numerous visits.
|2015||Myrna Peters; Nancy Boorman|
|2014||Fran & Connie Lavoie|
|2013||Guy and Nonie Swinnerton; Doug Kielau|
|2011||Kate Reeves, Faith Young|
|2003||Gladys Pennock, Margot Hervieux|
|2002||Aaron & Elise Bowersock; Curtis Siegfried|
|2001||The DeSmet Family, Fred Korbut|
|2000||Derry and Ora White|
|1993||Lee Finstad, Des Allen|
|1990||Mike McNaugthon, Mike Glossop|
|2005||Big Lake Environmental Support Society|
|2004||Rainbow Equitation Society|
|2003||Riverlot 56 Natural Area Society|
|2002||Sherwood Park Natural Area Volunteer Stewards|
|2001||Red Deer River Naturalist Society|
|2000||Wagner Natural Area Society|
|1997||Doris and Eric Hopkins|
|2014||Harry & Annie Wit|
|2006||Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory Society|
|2003||Wagner Natural Area Society|
|2002||Eric & Doris Hopkins|
|2001||Des Allen & Peter Sherrington|
Leonard and Eleanor Rondeau started Hosting in 1996 from their home in Granum, and for twenty-one years, they have been dedicated hosts who've strived for excellence customer service within our parks.
Their hosting journey started out in Chinook Lake Provincial Recreation Area and then in 2000 they shifted over to Beauvais Lake Provincial Park and have been there ever since.
The Rondeaus’ constant dedication that they provide on a yearly basis is what brings campers and staff back. Their everyday presence makes a real and lasting difference.
When they are away from the park, even for a just a couple of days, the campers notice as does the staff. Campers ask “where are the hosts?” as things don’t seem to run quite as smoothly, and staff are glad to see their return.
|2006||Erik & Doris Hopkins, Gladys Pennock|
None of the volunteer programs in Fish Creek, Brown Lowery, Big Hill Springs, and even Glenbow Ranch Provincial Parks would be possible without the efforts, expertise, and support from Rob Hummel.
As the Team Lead for Maintenance in the East Kananaskis Management Area, and in serving with Alberta Parks for nearly 30 years in and around Calgary, Rob represents the very best in being a true champion for the Volunteer Program.
Rob works directly with volunteers in multiple parks, over a broad geographic area and through a large number of projects.
He views this as a valuable part of his job, and the amount of time and effort he puts into this role far exceeds expectation.